In Mexico, an architect creates an all-white hairdressing salon
The city of Guadalajara, Mexico, sees life in white. Architect Abraham Cota Paredes has seized the visual identity of L’Occoco, one of the country’s biggest hairdressing chains, and applied his signature minimalism: everything from floor to ceiling, including the furniture, is immaculately white.
Wash, lather and rinse in white
The Guadalajara salon, the first to benefit from the redesign by Abraham Cota’s architectural firm, has been transformed into 92m2 of pure minimalism. The store front, with floor-to-ceiling windows, reveals the salon’s central L-shaped desk, while the work areas are to be found on either side: to the left, six hair-styling stations with mirrors, and to the right, three shampoo stations, all comprised of white furniture and lighting.
There is elegance in even the smallest detail: the salon products that are for sale – those used by the hairdressers are concealed by smart cabinets – are arranged on a white display.
Abstraction and brightness
On the ceiling and walls, thousands of thin wooden planks that have been painted white cover the surfaces to create the illusion of depth. The key words of this Abraham Cota project are abstraction and brightness. His team analysed the needs of hairdressing salons and sought to simplify the circulation and optimise the use of each space, creating both a haven of peace for customers and an efficient business for employees.